Kyle Blaine is the senior campaign editor for CNN. Kyle Blaine is a smart person. Yet, Kyle Blaine apparently knows nothing
about Christianity. That probably comes
across sounding harsher than it is intended; it’s just that I don’t know how
else to describe Blaine’s apparent ignorance of basic Christian thought as
evidenced by this recent statement:
“This Buttigieg/Pence episode illustrates a core question many LGBT people have to confront at some point in their life: Can you be ‘friends’ with someone who believes that something at the very core of who you are is wicked and should be changed?”
Never mind that the exact inverse of this is true if Blaine’s entire framing of the issue was simply reversed. That is, he could have just as easily and just as accurately tweeted:
“This Buttigieg/Pence episode illustrates a core question many Christians have to confront at some point in their life: Can you be ‘friends’ with those who believe that your personal convictions (that go to the core of who you are) are wicked and must be changed?”
Given that Buttigieg is admittedly the only one launching
attacks in this “episode,” while Pence does nothing but compliment and speak
highly of him, it would appear as though there would be more cause to choose
the latter framing. We won’t delve into
why CNN’s Blaine opted on the former, though the answer is probably not too
difficult to deduce.
Instead we’ll focus on Blaine’s somewhat stunning lack of understanding of what we could call Christianity 101. Go back and re-read Blaine’s statement:
“Can you be ‘friends’ with someone who believes that something at the very core of who you are is wicked and should be changed?”
Now consider this.
Since the 1st century, Christians have understood that the
very core of who we all are as human beings is wicked. Our nature is sinful, corrupt, and rebellious
to God. “All have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God,” Scripture reminds us.
“All our righteousness is as filthy rags,” the prophets testify.
That’s not just “the gays.” It’s everybody. And since every human being is wicked at our core, we Christians believe that the heart of every human being must be changed. We don’t reserve that distinction only for those whose sin is same-sex romantic and sexual conduct. We recognize it for all mankind, including ourselves.
To suggest, as Blaine does, that an acknowledgement of the destructive nature of sinful urges coupled with an urgent call to repentance disqualifies someone from friendship, is actually an astounding proposition.
After all, by making it, Kyle Blaine is suggesting that no actual Christian is worthy of befriending. Unreal.
Too often in our history mankind has found it easier to fear and hate that which we don’t understand. It’s disappointing to see Mr. Blaine promoting that attitude of fear and hatred towards true Christianity, just because he doesn’t understand it. And it’s sad to see CNN provide him a platform from which to do it.